Craigslist: Dangers of Selling on Craigslist

Craigslist Incidences:

The 28-year-old was shot and killed Sept. 12 while meeting a potential buyer in a parking lot of an apartment complex, allegedly by a 16-year-old girl who, along with her boyfriend, sought to steal the video gaming system.

Crimes linked to Craigslist are still making headlines. New Haven native Felix Dejesus was robbed and shot to death after trying to sell an electronic tablet. Police said DeJesus arranged a meet up through Craigslist In May of 2013.

Sellers who have posted contact information on their Craigslist ads have occasionally been victims of robbery and murder. In his article for MSNBC, Herb Weisbaum reported that an Edgewood, WA man was murdered after a woman responded to his ad listing a ring for $2,760. She arrived with three partners, who robbed the residence and killed the ad’s poster. Weisbaum quoted Michael Kaiser of the National Cyber Security Alliance as saying that criminals have become very skilled in culling personal information from Craigslist, using it to virtually case a residence and determine if the property is worth robbing.

The fiance of a man murdered for his cellphone says he wondered if the man who planned to buy it was setting him up for a robbery. Clayton County police say 18-year-old Terrance Dent shot and killed 25-year-old Jevon Freeman in a church parking lot on Highway 85 near Riverdale Wednesday. Officers say Freeman met Dent to sell him an iPhone Freeman had advertised on Craigslist.

Another man, trying to sell some fancy sneakers met his potential buyer at a Dunkin’ Donuts, Tuesday night. The potential buyer pulled a gun on him. Police arrested Moses Hurley, 18, and a juvenile is connection with the Dunkin’ Donuts robbery. Police do not believe they are responsible for Playstation robberies and stabbing.

Safety First:
Never list your home address, phone number or any other personal information in your Craigslist ad, and create a dedicated email account that you’ll use solely for Craigslist transactions. When selling a small item, arrange to meet the prospective buyer at a public place. If you’re selling a large object that’s impractical to move, have other people with you during your appointment with a prospective buyer. Never arrange for a meeting at night and never allow the person to enter your house, particularly if you’re alone.

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